BYU football: The five best moments of Cougars’ 2016 season

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No. 4: Kai Nacua‘s INT against Wyoming

Seems fitting that BYU football’s most clutch defender came up with the biggest play of the season. In the Poinsettia Bowl against Wyoming the Cougars were doing their best to cough away what should have been an easy win.

Jamaal Williams broke off a 36-yard touchdown run with 14:07 remaining in the game and the Cougars took a 24-7 lead. It should have been over. But BYU let Wyoming get right back in the game. The Cowboys scored two unanswered touchdowns, bringing the score to 24-21. With about two minutes remaining, Wyoming got the ball and had a chance to win the game. On 1st-and-10 from the BYU 32-yard line Wyoming QB Josh Allen dropped back to pass. He found a receiver and chucked it downfield.

Enter Cobra Kai.

Nacua read the play, worked his way in front of the Wyoming receiver and picked off the pass.

The pick sealed the win for the Cougars and provided one of the many highlights of the season. Nacua will now be trying to carve out a role in the NFL, but he’ll never be forgotten in Provo.